Remember that old saying, “Curiosity killed the cat.” I always loved the rejoinder, “But satisfaction brought it back.”
As a child, my mother used to always say that my favorite word was, “why?” This is one of the many things I love about children . . . their curiosity. Because that is how they learn. If you don’t ask, you don’t know. So its always made me sad when someone says, “This might be a stupid question, but . . . ” I encountered this both in my nursing career and my writing career. There are NO stupid questions. None. Hopefully, if answered correctly, it will provide information, inspiration, imagination and stimulate more thought.
In my home, as a child and teen, I asked a multitude of questions. Constantly. And I read books. A lot of books. Both fiction and non-fiction. No, I wasn’t that child in grade school or the teen in high school who always had my hand up to either give an answer or ask a question. I’d have to say that in the school environment, I tended to fade into the background. However, by the time I was age 25 and attending college for the first time…..I came into my stride. I was like a sponge. I loved absorbing all the information available, but now rather than sitting quietly through a lecture, I questioned things I didn’t understand or didn’t make sense. I love details! Maybe its the writer in me, but I love hearing something and then pondering the information to process it. It might be a conversation in a social setting or something I’ve read or heard on the news. Not a day goes by that I don’t use Google at least a few times to find my answers. I’ll never forget my father always saying, “If I live to be a hundred, I’ll always have a thirst for knowledge.” And that’s what curiosity leads to…………knowledge.
So I find it worrisome and troubling that today curiosity seems to be on a downside. Children are absorbed with electronic devices to play games. I feel their imaginations have been stifled, rather than encouraged. Parents watch reality show television more than they view important documentaries about history, the environment, culture, etc.
And so, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that in this society of Kardashians, Duck Dynasty, the Bachelor, etc. that our election went the way it did. After all, even our current President admitted he is not a reader. Why should he be? He has stated he knows more than the Generals and many others. He brags constantly that he’s smart. Personally, I find it very disturbing when someone, anyone, lacks curiosity because they truly feel there is nothing they could learn. Quite simply…..he lacks intellectual curiosity! And that I find to be extremely disturbing!
Just my reflections…..and I’ll see you here next time.